Sometimes it is possible to come across a healthy leopard gecko in a pet store. But, do you really know what you are buying? Some leopard geckos are imported from their natural habitats, the hot, rocky parts of Asia, into the United States. This is not good because leopard geckos that are born in the wild should stay in the wild. Going to a breeder to buy a leopard gecko is a better choice.
Purchasing your leopard gecko from a breeder ensures that you are going to be purchasing a lizard that is healthy and of good stock. The breeder will also be able to give you an accurate age of the lizard and with an animal that can live up to twenty years, this is very beneficial as well. But finding a leopard gecko breeder is not always easy and ensuring that they are reputable is a challenge as well.
In order to purchase the best leopard gecko possible, you must first be familiar with what you are buying. Handle the gecko before you buy it and make sure that you look it over well. It is very important to be able to tell the difference between a healthy and an unhealthy leopard gecko. A healthy leopard gecko will have clear eyes and a clear nose and vent. They will be active and alert with a full body and tail.
Leopard geckos store their fat in their tails. This is what they rely on when food is scarce. If the gecko has a full tall, most likely it has been well fed. The leopard gecko should also have healthy looking skin. Once they are home, they should show a healthy appetite, eating regularly. A few red flags of a non-healthy gecko are swelling, bumps, sores or abrasions on the skin. You should also make sure that there is no paralysis of any of its limbs or tail. There should also be no mucus in the lizard’s mouth or nose. Other signs of an unhealthy leopard gecko are that it might be lethargy, have labored breathing or abnormal feces.
When handling the leopard gecko, it should be friendly. Good breeders take the time to tame their geckos so they will be friendly when they are purchased. An unfriendly leopard gecko is a good indicator that this breeder is more interested in dollars and cents and a good turn over rather then supply pet owners with the longevity of a good pet.
Make sure you find out what sex the leopard gecko is before you purchase it as well. Each gender requires different care needs. If the breeder has not taken the time to sex the lizards, they are most likely not offering their animals the best care. Plus, a knowledgeable leopard gecko breeder will have no problem identifying the sex of each lizard.
A good way to find a leopard gecko breeder is to go to a reptile show. Reptile shows have become quite popular. Very knowledgeable leopard gecko lovers, breeders, suppliers, and more attend reptile shows. It is reasonable to think that you will be able to find the right leopard gecko for you including the kind of color pattern that you are looking for.
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